News, Reviews & Member Musings

News, Reviews & Member Musings

Turning a Suburban Yard into a Haven—Molly McElwee’s Triumph 

by Nan Wray ✎ Master gardener and Catonsville resident Molly McElwee’s passion for native plants is apparent the moment her home is in your field of vision. On this late spring day, both her backyard and front garden were full of blooms, butterflies and smiling faces as she happily spoke with Wild Ones members and […] Continue reading "Turning a Suburban Yard into a Haven—Molly McElwee’s Triumph "

Building Community around Invasive Plant Removal with Inna Alesina

by Brigit Burbank ✎ Inna Alesina is an artist, professor, community organizer, and fellow Wild Ones member. She has been volunteering at Gunpowder State Park for the past four years and has seen firsthand the damaging effects invasive plants can have on our wild spaces. Inna found the Wild Ones group after an unsuccessful attempt […] Continue reading "Building Community around Invasive Plant Removal with Inna Alesina"

Joe O’Connor and the Harford Road Green Team

by Lauren Matthews ✎ When people think of road medians, they often think of a barren space littered with trash and weeds. Thanks to the efforts of our member Joe O’Connor and the Harford Road Green Team, the Harford Road median in Lauraville is now a thriving ecosystem full of native plants. Joe organized a […] Continue reading "Joe O’Connor and the Harford Road Green Team"

Adding Winter Habitat

by Nan Wray ✎ Wild Ones Greater Baltimore was excited to have the opportunity to host a winter habitat talk by Wildlife and conservation biologist Dr. Shaun McCoshum. So often native gardeners will focus on the nectar-providing services of the flowering trees, shrubs and plants of their gardens; however, so many species can benefit from […] Continue reading "Adding Winter Habitat"

Winter Sowing Workshop with Vinaya Frank

by Marian Marbury ✎ USDA Definition: Winter sowing is a propagation method used throughout the winter, where temperate climate seeds are sown into vented containers and placed outdoors to foster naturally timed, high percentage germination of climate-tolerant seedlings. On a cold and rainy Saturday morning, 38 hearty native plant enthusiasts found their way to Valley […] Continue reading "Winter Sowing Workshop with Vinaya Frank"

A Haven for All Seasons—Touring Nancy Lawson’s Garden Habitat 

by Nan Wray ✎ Deep into summer, as late-season flowers were calling to pollinators everywhere, a small group of native plant enthusiasts excitedly gathered in the driveway of a property that was sure to enchant—that belonging beloved author of the Humane Gardener and Wildscape, Nancy Lawson. Lawson graciously agreed to open up her own garden […] Continue reading "A Haven for All Seasons—Touring Nancy Lawson’s Garden Habitat "

Kollar Nursery, a Northern Maryland Ecological Oasis

by Miska Redmond ✎ MEMBERS AND FRIENDS of Wild Ones Greater Baltimore had the honor of touring Kollar Nursery at summer’s end. The family has owned and operated Kollar Nursery since 1985. Located in rural Harford County near the Pennsylvania border, this ecological oasis is the brainchild of an exceptionally knowledgeable and ecologically minded family. […] Continue reading "Kollar Nursery, a Northern Maryland Ecological Oasis"